NEW YORK — The weather cooperated for Revillon’s cocktail reception for the French Institute/Alliance Francaise — it was icy cold, the first fur night of the season. As flurries swirled outside, inside a mink-draped and sable-wrapped crowd nibbled shrimp and sipped champagne at the French furrier’s Fifth Avenue store.
Guest of honor Joan Rivers entered fur-less. Asked if she was planning to take one home with her when she left, she was quick to say she had just left her own fur coat in the car.
“Whatever the fur protestors say, when it goes down to four degrees, you need a fur,” said Rivers. “And then they go and eat a hamburger. It’s just hypocrisy.” No protestors braved the chill outside the store.
The evening was a preview of tonight’s fifth annual Trophee des Arts fund-raiser at the Pierre. With gala chairman Lucile Peyrelongue and Revillon president Rebeca de Vives at the helm, Liza Minnelli will present an award to French chanteur Charles Aznavour, for his contribution to French culture and arts. Rivers will serve as gala emcee.